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Staying with Magento 1.x or Upgrading to Magento 2.0?

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Written by  Sarah
Wednesday, 06 January 2016 16:38
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The official launch of Magento 2.0 was available for a long time. Have you got any experience with the new one yet? I know that there are many people will ask themselves whether staying with Magento 1.x or upgrading to Magento 2.0.

Magento 1.x vs Magento 2.0

Based on my experience on both Magento 1.x and Magento 2.0, I'm so happy to share with you guys some significant differences in the 2 versions before you get the decision moving your Magento 1.x website to Magento 2.0 or not?

1. Server/Hosting Technical Requirements

Magento 1.x Magento 2.0
Supported web-servers Apache 1.3.x
Apache 2.0.x
Apache 2.2.x
Apache 2.2 or 2.4
MySQL MySQL 4.1.20 and better MySQL 5.6.x
PHP PHP 5.4 for CE 1.9 and better
Early CE versions support PHP 5.2.13 - 5.3.24
PHP 5.6.x
PHP 5.5.x
Required PHP extensions PDO_MySQL
gd, ImageMagick 6.3.7 (or later) or both
Supported browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 7 and better
Mozilla Firefox 3.5 and better
Apple Safari 5 and better (Mac OS)
Google Chrome 7 and better
Adobe Flash plugin is required
Internet Explorer 9 and better(Windows)
Mozilla Firefox latest, latest-2
Google Chrome latest, latest-2
Apple Safari 5 and better (Mac OS)
Apple Safari Mobile for iPad, iPad Mini, iPad with Retina Display (iOS 6 and better)
Apple Safari Mobile for iPhone 4 and better; iOS 6 and better
Caching (optional) redis-server v2.6.9 and betterphpredis v2.2.2 and better Redisv 3.0
Varnish v3.5 or latest stable v4.x
Memcached latest version
Latest version

The system requirements of Magento 2.0 are more demanding in comparison with the previous versions and ask more additional extensions and supporting technologies.

2. Root Folder Structure

There are significant changes in the Magento 2.0 file structure. As you can see from the image below, everything has moved under "app" file. And each module has its own "view" file. These changes help module developers to change or customize the core structure easily and flexibly.

Magento 2.0 - Structure

3. The Usage of Technologies

The new technologies consist of the latest versions of PHP, JQuery, CSS3, etc. You can see the differences between Magento 2.0 and Magento 1.x in the table below.

Magento 1.x Magento 2.0
Sass/Compass HTML5, CSS3
Prototype Javascript library in core LESS Compiler
Jquery in rwd package RequireJS
Additional Javascript libraries Apache 2.2 or later
Additional Javascript libraries HTML5/CSS3 PHP 5.5.x

PSR Compliance
  Install needed components via Composer
  Magento UI library
  Full page caching
  Magento performance toolkit

4. Page Loading Performance

If Magento 1.x has known with a bad reputation regarding page loading performance, Magento 2.0 is declared to be faster and more secure than Magento 1.x. It is due to Indexers improvement, new Magento performance toolkit to verify and optimize system performance. To help reducing server load and speed up the page load, Magento 2.0 is also integrated with Varnish Cache. For the overall view about performance comparations between Magento 1.x and Magento 2.0, you can find more here

5. Default Theme and Admin Panel

Magento 2.0 comes with new, clean, eye-catching theme that has some substantial changes compared to Magento 1’s Madison Island theme, including tile structure, fully responsive images and typography, and better performance.

Magento 2.0 - Frontend

The back end UI is more user-friendly and intuitive. Its supported many features like adding video for product, popup zoom image, Google richsnipet integrated as well. These enhancements reduce many manipulations for user.

Magento 2.0 - Backend


We have just given you the overall view of Magento 1.x and Magento 2.0. In order to make decision that leave or stay completely depends on your current site conditions. 

If your site is running smoothly and you have no plan to be a market leader at present, may you should stay with the current Magento version. Since any customizations made in the themes or extensions in the current Magento platform can not be transferred to Magento 2. Furthermore, Magento 2.0 modules still do not develop widely. 

In case your current site is outdated or even newer version but having serious performance issues, now would be a great time to plan for upgrading.

Thanks for reading!

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